As a small team of experienced dog owners and lovers, we really get to know you and your pets. We are all knowledgeable in animal care, behaviour and welfare, and we always go the extra mile to make sure your pet is well taken care of. We dedicate ourselves to the betterment of the industry of Professional Dog Walking by focusing on the care and safety of the dogs, continuing our canine education, and always showing respect for our community. We aim to offer exceptional pet care and to build strong relationships with all of our clients, both human and canine. Working with us means having a team of dog walkers at your disposal, so you never have to worry about sick days, vacation days, or emergencies interrupting your pets care.
Heidi's Happy Hounds is owned and operated by life long animal lover Heidi Doucet. She grew up in a house full of pets including fish, hampsters, mice, rats, lizards, turtles, birds, cats, and of course, dogs. Heidi always imagined herself in a career dedicated to animals. She started walking dogs part time in 2010 and a few months later, Heidi's Happy Hounds was booming. Pets are her passion and by 2013 dog walking and pet care became her full time career. Now she caters to hundred of happy clients around Guelph. She currently has a 14 year old cat named Scrappy and a seven year old Lab/Shepherd cross named Loki.
Heidi is always striving to increase her knowledge on animals, especially dogs. She has certificates in: Dog Emotion and Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Dr. Ian Dumbar's GROWL Workshop (on dog reactivity). As well as being Pet First Aid certified for cats and dogs, through Walks N Wags. She has also studied Dog Body Language, Dog Behaviour and Physiology, and the History and Domestication of Dogs, as well as many, many training manuals, seminars, and videos.
Chanel is a student, volunteer, activist, long-distance runner, and lifelong caregiver to pets of all shapes and sizes. Alongside the Humane Society, she developed the skills to care for animals undergoing stressful transitions who require the utmost patience and compassion. Chanel received specialized orientation in handling and walking dogs with behavioral issues. She also offers pet-sitting services and is accommodating of special requests.
Denise was born an animal lover. Her first job was at a pet store and there was always a small critter around while growing up - a colourful assortment of gerbils, guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits. She rescued her first pooch in 2000 and now she couldn’t imagine her life without a dog - or two! She’s currently mom to three “fur babies”: a senior tabby cat, Hawksley; a 7-year-old Schnauzer-Border Collie, Nesme; and the most recent addition, a Beagle-Corgi named Harry Potter. Denise is passionate about animal rights, and enjoys cooking, crafting, and face licks.
Tonya is a forth year University of Guelph student who has a huge passion for dogs as well as all other animals! She grew up with two family dogs who she adored and now owns her own dog. She volunteers with Taffy's Legacy Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation fostering and caring for dogs of all types. She believes dogs need unconditional love as well as patience and of course lots of play time.
Tonya's dog Sara accompanies her on most of her walks.
A love for animals has always been a part of Rachel's life and she has spent close to a decade in different positions within the professional animal industry. Working with companion animals holds a special place in her heart and she loves seeing the close bonds her dogs form to their people and the different personalities they adopt because of it. Rachel is looking forward to meeting you and your furbaby to figure out what kind of care works best for both of you!
Rachel is a University of Guelph graduate with a degree in marine and freshwater biology. She's been walking dogs and pet sitting for friends and family since she was 11 years old. Rachel can’t imagine a better way to spend her afternoons than caring for your furry friends!
Claire is a life-long animal lover and aspiring veterinary student. She grew up with a dog, 2 cats, and 2 rats. Her animal experience also includes working as a veterinary assistant, raising a guide dog puppy, and pet sitting. Claire recently graduated from the University of Guelph and is taking time off school to gain more experience working with animals. She spends all her time working with dogs, between dog walking, working as a canine care attendant at the Guelph Humane Society, and devoting the rest of her spare time to her latest foster dog.